Cookie Policy

Cookie Policy

HOWARTH TIMBER & BUILDING SUPPLIES COOKIE POLICY

INFORMATION ABOUT OUR USE OF COOKIES

Our website (www.howarth-timber.co.uk) uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to both provide you with an optimal experience when you browse our website but also allows us to make improvements to our site based on that feedback.

Due to recent changes to General Data Protection Regulations, all websites who operate across certain parts of the European Union are required to obtain consent when using or storing cookies (or similar technologies) on your computers or mobile device.  This cookie policy provides you with clear and relevant information about the cookies we use and the purposes for using those cookies.  To review the other policies that apply to customers of www.howarth-timber.co.uk please click on the following links:

Website Terms of Use

Privacy Policy

For further information about this policy please contact Howarth Timber Online, Eastgate, Grimsby, DN32 9BA. If you require a detailed list of all cookies which are used by our website, this can be downloaded here.

Your Consent

By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our placing cookies on your computer in order to analyse the way you use our website.  Please read this cookie policy carefully for more details about the information we collect when you use this site.

If you do not wish to accept cookies in connection with your use of this website, you must stop using our site / you may opt out of those which are not necessary for the operation of the website. Please see below to opt out.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that are placed on your browser or the hard drive of your computer.  Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.

Key Concepts

First and third-party cookies:  whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the domain placing the cookie. First-party cookies are those set by a website that is being visited by the user at the time (e.g., cookies placed by www.howarth-timber.co.uk)

Third-party cookies: are cookies that are set by a domain other than that of the website being visited by the user.  If a user visits a website and another entity sets a cookie through that website this would be a third-party cookie.

Persistent cookies: these cookies remain on a user’s device for the period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie.

Session cookies: these cookies allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session.  A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window.  Session cookies are created temporarily.  Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.

How to delete and block our cookies

You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies.  These settings are usually found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your internet browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful. Otherwise you should use the ‘Help’ option in your internet browser for more details.

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer

Cookie settings in Firefox

Cookie settings in Chrome

Cookie settings in Safari

However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.  Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon you visit our site.  Turning off or deleting cookies will not prevent device identification and related data collection from occurring.

Can I withdraw my consent?

Once you have given us your consent to the use of cookies, we shall store a cookie on your computer or device to remember this for next time.  This will expire periodically.  If you wish to withdraw your consent at any time, you will need to delete your cookies using your internet browser settings.

For further information about deleting or blocking cookies, please visit: www.aboutcookies.org

What cookies do we use and why?

The cookies used on our site are categorised as follows:

Strictly necessary Cookies

“Strictly Necessary” cookies let you move around the website and use essential features like secure areas and shopping baskets.  Without these cookies, services you have asked for cannot be provided.  Please note that these cookies do not gather any information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you’ve been on the internet.

We use these Strictly Necessary cookies to:

  • Remember information you have entered on order forms when you navigate to different pages during a web browser session;
  • Remember the goods and services you ordered when you get to the checkout page;
  • Identify you as being logged in to our website;
  • Make sure you connect to the right service on our website when we make any changes to the way the website works; and
  • To route users to specific applications of a service, or specific servers.

Accepting these cookies is a condition of using the website, so if you prevent these cookies we can’t guarantee your use of our website or how the security on our website will perform during your visit. 

Performance Cookies

“Performance” cookies collect information about how you use our website (e.g., which pages you visit, and if you experience any errors).  These cookies do not collect any information that could identify you and are only used to help us improve how our website works, understand what interests our users, and measure how effective our advertising is.

We use Performance cookies for:

  • Web Analytics: To provide statistics on how our website is used;
  • Ad Response Rates: To see how effective our advertisements are, including those pointing to our sites;
  • Affiliate Tracking: To provide feedback to partners that one of our visitors also visited their website.  This can include details of any products purchased;
  • Error Management: To help us improve the website by measuring any errors that occur;
  • Testing Designs: To test different designs of our website.

Some of these cookies are managed by third parties, and you may refer to the third parties’ own website privacy notifications for further information.

By using our site, you accept the use of “Performance” cookies.  Accepting these cookies is a condition of using the website, so if you prevent them we cannot guarantee how our site will perform for you.

Functionality Cookies

“Functionality” cookies are used to provide services or to remember settings to improve your visit.

We use Functionality cookies to:

  • Remember settings you’ve applied, such as layout, text size, preferences, and colours;
  • Remember if we’ve already asked you if you want to fill in a survey
  • Show you when you’re logged in to the website.

Some of these cookies are managed by third parties, and you may refer to the third parties’ own website privacy notifications for further information.

To opt out of Functionality cookies, please tick this box:

Targeting Cookies

“Targeting” cookies are linked to services provided by third parties, such as ‘Like’ buttons and ‘Share’ buttons. Third parties provide these services in return for recognizing that you have visited our website.

We use Targeting cookies to:

  • Link to social networks like Facebook, who may subsequently use information about your visit to target advertising to you on other websites
  • Provide advertising agencies with information on your visit so that they can present you with advertisements in which you may be interested.

All of these cookies are managed by third parties, and you may refer to the third parties’ own website privacy notifications for further information. 

We have listed the cookies that we use on our site, these can be found at the bottom of this page or are available to download here (Cookie list updated 25th May 2018. This contains a list of www.howarth-timber.co.uk cookies in use as at the date of this policy.  Future cookies used by the Web site shall be included to this table from time to time).

More information about cookies

Analytics

For more information about Google analytic cookies, please see Google’s help pages and privacy policy:

Google’s Privacy Policy

Google Analytics Help pages

Information about cookies

Useful information about cookies can be found at: http://www.allaboutcookies.org

Behavioural Advertising

A guide to behavioural advertising and online privacy has been produced by the internet advertising industry which can be found at:

http://www.youronlinechoices.eu

www.aboutads.info

International Chamber of Commerce United Kingdom

Information on the ICC (UK) UK cookie guide can be found on the ICC website section:

http://www.international-chamber.co.uk/our-expertise/digitaleconomy

A list of the key cookies we use are:

Owner

Cookie

Purpose

Persistent or session

Category

1st party

laravel_session

Used to maintain the user session whilst they use the website.

Session

Strictly necessary

1st party

local_branch

Stores the users local branch as a permanent cookie on their machine

Persistent - never expires

Functionality

1st party

category-viewing-preference

Specifies how the user would normally have products displayed (i.e. list vs. grid) - no longer used on site

Persistent - never expires

Functionality

1st party

firsttime

Identifies if the user is visiting the site for the first time (in a day) Detemines if the user should see the modal prompting them to enter their postcode for product prices at their local branch

Persistent - expires after 1 day

Functionality

1st party

dismiss_footer_pc_lookup

If the user has closed the postcode lookup prompt popup, setting this session ensures it doesn’t show again

Session - expires after 30 minutes

Functionality

1st party

dismiss_branch_alert

Hides branch message notifying user they’ve selected a local branch for pricing

Session - expires after 30 minutes

Functionality

1st party

credit_transaction

Identifies a checkout as a credit transaction

Session - expires after 30 minutes

Strictly necessary

1st party

paypal payment_id

Checkout Paypal transaction ID, saved while the user is away completing payment details

Session - expires after 30 minutes

Strictly necessary

1st party

delivery_order

Contains details of a delivery order in user’s checkout (only used when a user has both delivery and collection orders)

Session - expires after 30 minutes

Strictly necessary

1st party

order_id

A users current order ID

Session - expires after 30 minutes

Strictly necessary

1st party

user_registration

Stores user registration data while the user is completing the form

Session - expires after 30 minutes

Strictly necessary

1st party

user

Currently logged in user

Session - expires after 30 minutes

Strictly necessary

3rd party

_ga

Provides analytics as to how the user interacts with the website.

Persistent - expires after 2 years

Targeting

3rd party

_gid

Provides analytics as to how the user interacts with the website.

Persistent - expires after 1 day

Targeting

3rd party

_gat_UA-60001243-1

Provides analytics as to how the user interacts with the website.

Persistent - expires after 10 minutes

Targeting

3rd party

_dc_gtm_UA-60001243-1

Provides analytics as to how the user interacts with the website.

Persistent - expires after 10 minutes

Targeting

3rd party

_ra

To improve functionality and to help measure the amount of calls, page visits and traffic sources our site receives, we use a monitoring service provided by Ruler Analytics.

Session

Functionality